Saint Mary Parish Established Serving Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown and Rowley

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Established 2006 - Serving Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown and Rowley

Georgetown Church and Parish Offices - 94 Andover Street, Georgetown, MA 01833

Rowley Church - 196 Main Street, Rowley, MA 01969

Web Site:

www.SaintMaryParish.org

E-Mail: Rectory@stmarysgr.com

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St. Mary Parish, Georgetown - Rowley

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Saint Mary Parish

Serving Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown & Rowley

Parish Mission Statement

St. Mary Parish is a living and loving community of believers seeking a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We depend on His love to guide and nourish us in our quest for holiness.

Gathered around the Word of God and His holy Sacraments, we are called to be witnesses of Him by our service to our people, our families, our neighborhoods and our world. We strive to provide a

warm welcoming home for all the People of God.

196 Main Street

Rowley, MA

94 Andover Street

Georgetown, MA

At St. Mary Parish...

(See pg. 6 for Rel. Ed. Information)

Due to the continued outbreak of the

Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Archdiocese of

Boston has asked us to continue to prohibit

social events, fundraising activities,

meetings in our halls and other functions

until further notice. May God bless us all

with peace and strength and may He keep us

safe and healthy, especially during this time

of unprecedented circumstances.

Parish News and More

…..

Spiritual

Healing

Mass Cards

are Available

With so many struggling with illness and

pain, and needing comfort, we have a beautiful

Healing Mass Card available at the Rectory. This

Mass Card and a Mass intention is available for an

Offering of $10/Weekday Mass or $20/Weekend

Mass. We hope this will bring peace and hope to

your loved one.

PROCEDURE FOR RECEIVING

COMMUNION AT MASS

1.) Approach the Altar from the side aisle of the bench and return to your bench by the middle aisle. 2.) Please keep a reasonable distance in the line as you approach the Altar.

3.) Holy Communion should be received by the consecrated host being placed on your left hand palm as you place it on your tongue.

4.) Should anyone feel obliged to receive Holy Communion directly on the tongue, you should approach the Altar at the end of the line.

Knights of Columbus/Lazarus & Emmaus House

are in need of Clean/Gently Used Coats as well

as New Hats, Gloves and Socks

BOXES WILL BE SET OUT AFTER CHRISTMAS

The Knights of Columbus #6064 is partnering with the Lazarus House & Emmaus House through Saint Mary's

“People Helping People” this year to bring coats to families.

Please bring your gently worn and clean coat or jacket - all sizes children to adults, to Saint Mary Parish in either Georgetown or Rowley. There will be collection boxes near the entrance to the church. The Knights will work with the Houses/PHP to distribute these items in our local community and to the regional shelters such as the Laza-rus and Emmaus House. Please remember that the coat or jacket should be clean and gently worn- hopefully warm too!

If you do not have a jacket or coat perhaps you would consider donating a new pair of gloves, a new hat or some new warm socks to this effort.

Thank you for your kindness!

LENT 2021

The Word Among Us

We invite our Parishioners to take home the complimentary Lenten booklet with the “Scripture Readings” and “Reflections” for this Lenten Season. You

will find them at the back of both Churches - we will also keep a supply in the bin outside our rectory front door, in Georgetown, for those who may want to pick up a copy.) May we all be transformed by the

crucified and risen Christ who shed His blood for us all!

Baptized in the month of January

We would like to welcome the following children who were recently baptized into our

Parish Family: Crew Maverick Ladd Madison Taylor Pennell

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PARISH STAFF

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Rev. Father Dan McCoy, Administrator

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Rev. Vincent J. Gianni

Temporary Administrator

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Mrs. Maureen Cannon, Business Mgr.

mcannon@stmarysgr.com

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Mrs. Julie Potter, Secretary

jpotter@stmarysgr.com

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Mrs. Jeanne Soucy

Religious Education/Youth Ministry

Coordinator

jsoucy@stmarysgr.com Direct Phone Line: 978-352-6540

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Ms. Sara Sturdivant, Music Director

sara.at.stmarys@gmail.com

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Mr. John Conti

Building Maintenance

COUNCILS

Parish Finance Council (PFC)

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Tom Parisi, V. Chair

Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)

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Linus Hahn, V. Chair

Saint Mary Parish

Serving Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown & Rowley

All offices are located at Georgetown Rectory

PARISH OFFICE HOURS

Phone: (978) 352-2024

Fax: (978) 352-2308

Office Hours: Mon. - Fri., 9 am -1 pm

E-Mail: Rectory@stmarysgr.com

OUR MASS SCHEDULE

WEEK DAY MASSES

Tuesday

8:00 a.m.

Rowley

Thursday

8:00 a.m.

Rowley

Thursday

7:00 p.m.

Rowley

(This is our Rowley Holy Hour Evening)

Friday

9:00 a.m.

Georgetown

WEEKEND MASSES

Saturday

4:30 p.m.

Georgetown

Sunday

8:30 a.m.

Rowley

Sunday

11:00 a.m. Georgetown

Baptism

Christenings: 4th Sunday of the month

Either at Georgetown or the Rowley Church

at 1 p.m. or 2 pm

Baptismal Instruction

for families Baptizing their

1st child:

TBD

To schedule, please contact the rectory

at 978-352-2024.

Marriage

Contact the church as least 6 months in

advance to set up a personal interview

with a priest.

A 6 month minimum notice

is required.

Sacrament of the Sick

The Annointing of the Sick is given for healing. Those ill or entering a hospital, desiring the Sacrament of the Sick, are urged to contact the Rectory Office before going to the hospital,

Nursing Home or Hospice Care.

Reconciliation

Sacrament of Penance - Confession

Saturdays,

Georgetown Church

, 4 pm

Sundays,

Rowley Church

, 8 am

Also, by appointment, please call the

Rectory at 978-352-2024.

(The priest might also be

available - if requested - AFTER Mass.)

PARISH REGISTRATION New to town? Returning to your faith? We would like to know you and welcome you! If you’d like to register online, please visit: www.saintmaryparish.org and click onto Parish Registration under Quick Links. Please feel free to visit our Parish Office during our regular business hours of M - F, 9 am to 1 pm.

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St. Mary Parish, Georgetown - Rowley

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In Our Thoughts and Prayers

All who continue to struggle with the Corona Virus - All who have lost a loved one to the Virus. We pray for: Allan & Christine Lee, Bob Roy, Theresa DeFlumere, Julie Stevenson, Pat Graham, Linda St. Jean, Father Dan McCoy, Mike Jaras, Ryan Delahanty, Montana Foroughi, Paul & Mary Alciere,Jim Erjavec, Paulette D., Baby Vivi, Brian Hester, Kathy Herrick, Nathan Pouliot, Baby Hadley Martin, Russell Steeves, Richard Donnelly, Joshua Martinez, Linda Cotton, Gina D’Amico, Janine Pettigrew, Baby Emma Rose McGowan, Anthony James, Mark Kasprzyk, John Bell, Bob Mansfield, Peter Lyon, Barb Cole, Sam Covino, Barbara Parisi, John Magner, Kristen Rockwood, Robert Rockwood, Judith Evans, Rick

Kelleher, and all ill within our community and in the world.

Mass Intentions

Sanctuary Candles

The Sanctuary Candles next to each Tabernacle in our Churches burn brightly to remind us of the Real Presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This week our Sanctuary Candles are burning for:

Dolores A. Sarver

Please pray for all of our Active Military, including: Luke Begoing

Daniel Joseph Duguay Casandra Nardo Ariana Rivera Sean Scally Guy St. Louis

Our National Guard Men & Women

Please send an email to: jpotter@stmarysgr.com. Your “Active Military” loved ones name will be put on this list to be prayed for while they are serving. May God keep them safe and protect them from all harm.

SATURDAY January 30

4:30 pm-G John Jarosewicz - Birthday Memorial

SUNDAY January 31

8:30 am-R Frances A. McCoy 11:00 am-G Frances A. McCoy

TUESDAY February 2

8:00 am-R All ill in our Parish/in the World

THURSDAY February 4

8:00 am-R Timothy F. Long

7:00 pm-R Holy Hour

FRIDAY February 5

9:00 am-G Julie Stevenson - Health & Blessings

SATURDAY February 6

4:30 pm-G Richard H. Anderson-19th Anniversary

SUNDAY February 7

8:30 am-R Henry Wilson 11:00 am-G Dolores A. Sarver

This Week

…….

Please remember our beloved deceased

whose funeral Mass or Service has been

celebrated over these past days, especially:

Dolores A. Sarver

Henry Wilson

MASS INTENTION OFFERING

WEEK DAY MASS: $10 WEEKEND MASS: $20

Saint Mary Parish - Rowley

Every Thursday, 7 pm - Holy Hour

After the Last Supper, Jesus brought His Disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane and said to them:

“Come with me and pray not to be put to the test. My soul is sorrowful. Could you not stay with me for an hour?” Luke 22:39

Let us pray at the Holy Hour in the presence of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist for our personal needs and that of the world.

Passing of Frances A. McCoy

Father Gianni is offering a Memorial Mass for Frances at the 8:30 am (R) and 11 am (G) Masses on Sunday, January 31.

Frances is under the care of the Conte-Giamberardino Funeral Home (visit: www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com). A Mass at Saint Mary Parish in Georgetown, is scheduled for Sat., February 20 at 10:30 am - Not Private - All protocols followed, masks, social distancing, limited capacity.

Father Dan would like to offer his profound thanks to everyone who continues to offer their thoughts, prayers and messages of comfort to him and his family.

We wish Father Dan and his family peace, comfort and strength during this most difficult time of loss.

A Message from Father Dan

….

Father Dan will be returning to the Archdiocese soon where he will stay temporarily at a Parish other than Saint Mary Parish. So that he may continue to receive all of your cards and well wishes, please continue to direct your mail for him to the Parish only; he has been gratefully receiving all of the correspondence that you have sent to him.

Saint Mary Parish

94 Andover Street Georgetown MA 01833 Attention: Father Dan McCoy

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Collection for This Weekend

Single Collection for the needs of Saint Mary Parish.

2nd Collection for Next Weekend

Our Second Collection next weekend will be our Fuel and Heat Collection. We know this has been a

challenging year for all, your support of this collection is very much appreciated.

Weekly Offertory and More

…..

Thank you for your continued

contributions to support your Parish, especially through this most very difficult time for us all!

May God keep us all safe and healthy. You may still continue to mail your Offertory/Monthly Donations to:

Saint Mary Parish 94 Andover Street Georgetown, MA 01833

SPECIAL NOTE: St. Mary Parish does not photocopy checks or record donations that are placed loosely in our collection baskets. If you wish to have a record kept for tax purposes, please place your Offering in an envelope with your name and address. Electronic offering is also an option at Parishgiving.org.

It is Simple .. Secure .. Convenient

In just a few minutes, you can greatly enhance your personal stewardship efforts by loggin on to ParishGiving.org and begin making your weekly offering though Electronic Funds Transfer.

Please visit the Parish Giving Website at www.ParishGiving.org

SIGN UP TODAY!!!

Tax Information Regarding Charitable Donations

On March 27, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help combat the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19. The bill provides increased tax incentives for charitable giving for individuals.

Are you itemizing deductions?

The adjusted gross income (AGI) limit for cash contributions was increased for individual donors. For cash contributions made in 2020, you can now elect to deduct up to 100 percent of your AGI (increased from 60 percent). Not itemizing?

The CARES Act allows for an additional, “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash/checks or credit card of up to $300. If you are not itemizing on your 2020 taxes, you can claim this new deduction.

Website Sponsorships Available!

x In the weeks ahead, our parish representative from Solutio, Inc., will be setting up the advertising for our website for the year.

x Please consider participating in this effort since the revenue from the ads is what makes the website possible at no cost to the parish.

x It’s a great way to get your name in front of the families in the parish. Advertisements may be purchased for a business, family memorial, or you can sponsor an ad supporting Catholic Charities, Knights of Columbus, Vocations, etc.

x Please give these ideas some thought. We need and appreciate your help! If you are interested or just curious as to prices and want more information, please contact978-291-7741 or e-mail: Sponsorship@SolutioSoftware.com.

Thank you for your support!

FINAL TOTAL FOR OUR 2020

GRAND ANNUAL COLLECTION

During a most challenging time, our

Parishioners have managed to surpass our

goal. Our total for the Grand Annual Collection

is

$90,230

. We thank you for your most

generous support of Saint Mary Parish!

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Religious Education Program

Coordinator: Mrs. Jeanne Soucy

Direct Phone Line: 978-352-6540

E-Mail: jsoucy@stmarysgr.com

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

REGISTRATION

2020-2021

One of our new changes is, registrations can now be done

online! We hope this makes life easier for you. It will be

safer with less paperwork being exchanged. To access

the new registration, please click on the following link:

https://forms.parishgiving.org/form-5611625/

If you need help, or have any questions about this new

registration process, please don

t hesitate to email me at

(jsoucy@stmarysgr.com) or Maureen Cannon, our Parish

Business Manager (mcannon@stmarysgr.com).

By Dr. Scott Hahn

The King's Authority

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9

1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Mark 1:21-28

Last week, Jesus announced the kingdom of God is at hand. This week, in mighty words and deeds, He exercises His dominion - asserting royal authority over the ruler of this world, Satan (see John 12:31).

Notice that today's events take place on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was to be an everlasting sign -both of God's covenant love for His creation (see Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-17), and His deliverance of his covenant people, Israel, from slavery (see Deuteronomy 6:12-15). On this Sabbath, Jesus signals a new creation - that the Holy One has come to purify His people and deliver the world from evil.

"With an unclean spirit" is biblical language for a man possessed by a demon, Satan being the prince of demons (see Mark 3:22).

The demons' question: "What have you to do with us?" is often used in Old Testament scenes of combat and judgment (see Judges 11:12; 1 Kings 17:18).

And as God by His word "rebuked" the forces of chaos in creating the world (see Psalms 104:7; Job 26:10-12), and again rebuked the Red Sea so the Israelites could make their exodus (see Psalm 106:9), Mark uses the same word to describe Jesus rebuking the demons (see Mark 4:39; Zechariah 3:2).

Jesus is the prophet foretold by Moses in today's First Reading (see Acts 3:22). Though He has authority over heaven and earth (see Daniel 7:14, 27; Revelation 12:10), He becomes one of our own kinsmen. He comes to rebuke the forces of evil and chaos - not only in the world, but in our lives. He wants to make us holy in body and spirit, as Paul says in today's Epistle (see Exodus 31:12).

In this liturgy, we hear His voice and "see" His works, as we sing in today's Psalm. And as Moses tells us today, we should listen to Him.

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